Kate in baby blue Seraphine coat for Kensington engagements today

On January 19th 2015, The Duchess of Cambridge conducted a number of engagements in the Kensington area, nearby to her London home at Kensington Palace.

Kate visited Family Friends in Kensington

Kate visited Family Friends in Kensington

Kate began her day with a visit to the volunteers at Family Friends, a charity that supports disadvantaged families though its network of trained volunteers.

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Family Friends charity

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Family Friends charity

At the event, The Duchess attended a coffee morning and met some of the trained volunteers who provide befriending and mentoring services, together with some of the families themselves.

Kate chats with families and volunteers during her visit

Kate chats with families and volunteers during her visit

The Duchess spoke with volunteers, learning how they got involved with Family Friends. She also learned about the benefits of the service from families who attended the event.

Ryan was too shy to hand Kate the flowers

Two-year-old Ryan was too shy to hand Kate the flowers

It seems a toddler was overcome with shyness when meeting Kate today, despite practising all weekend. From The Mirror

“When two-year-old Ryan Dixon came face to face with Kate at a Kensington coffee morning he had a sudden attack of shyness.

The normally boisterous toddler took one look at the Duchess, said “no no, Mummy, no no Mummy,” and did his best to run away.

She laughed off the rare snub, telling Ryan: “I would be shy as well.”

Ryan’s mum, Tracy Samuels, sheepishly presented the Kate with the bouquet of white lilacs and nistercians as her son buried his face in the folds of her clothes.

Miss Samuels said afterwards: “We practised all weekend. He was going to say ‘these are for you, nice flowers, lovely flowers’ and he was fine doing it at home.

“I don’t know what made him so shy, normally he is really outgoing and he’s never been shy like this when there’s been a big occasion.”

Next, Kate headed over to Kensington Aldridge Academy for an official opening ceremony. The new school opened it’s doors for the first time in September 2014.

The Duchess of Cambridge opened  Kensington Aldridge Academy

The Duchess of Cambridge opened Kensington Aldridge Academy

The new academy is a local school serving the North Kensington community and all of its students live less than a mile away.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed (@KensingtonRoyal) Via WhatKateWore.com

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed (@KensingtonRoyal) Via WhatKateWore.com

At the academy, Students will receive a first-class education in a modern building, with facilities such as the sport hall and dance studio available to the community outside of school hours.

Duchess of Cambridge opens Aldridge Academy

Duchess of Cambridge opens Kensington Aldridge Academy

At the other end of the site, the Kensington Leisure Centre is under redevelopment and is set to open to the general public in March this year. Kate walked over to the site to see progress and meet with local community groups using the leisure centre’s new facilities.

Kate visits Kensington Leisure Centre.  Picture by Kensington Royal Instagram

Kate visits Kensington Leisure Centre. Picture by Kensington Royal Instagram

Both The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry had swimming lessons at the old Kensington Leisure Centre whist they were pupils at Wetherby School.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge formally opens Kensington Leisure Centre.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge formally opens Kensington Leisure Centre.

A video from The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s official YouTube channel:

Kate’s outfit:

Six month pregnant Kate looked radiant in a baby blue coat and coordinating dress by maternity brand Seraphine.

Kate wore a coat and dress both by Seraphine Maternity

Kate wore a coat and dress both by Seraphine Maternity

Kate stepped out in Seraphine’s ‘Natasha Cashmere Blend Coat’ in soft mist blue. The coat is made from a cashmere blend, features mother of pearl buttons and retails for £195 ($295). The coat is currently out of stock on Seraphine’s website. It’s believed this piece is new for Spring/Summer and will be available for pre-order soon. We’re just awaiting an announcement from Seraphine themselves.

Seraphine Natasha coat in soft mist blue.

Seraphine Natasha coat in soft mist blue.

Get the look:

Under the coat, Kate wore Seraphine’s ‘Florrie Floral Print Dress’ in “marine ocean” blue shades.

Kate wears Seraphine Maternity's "Florrie" Dress.

Kate wears Seraphine Maternity’s “Florrie” Dress.

The design is digitally printed onto crepe de Chine fabric. Seraphine have already confirmed the dress is part of their SS15 LUXE collection and will be available for pre-order this February.

Seraphine 'Forrie' floral print dress

Seraphine ‘Forrie’ floral print dress

The Duchess returned to a number of familiar accessories for today’s visit – if you follow Kate regularly you’ll probably know these pieces. First up, her earrings.  They are Kiki McDonough Cushion Drop earrings with a green amethyst stone.

Kiki McDonough Cushion Cut Earrings

Kiki McDonough Cushion Drop Earrings

Kate carried her Stuart Weitzman “Raz” handbag, which is known as the “Muse” in the UK.

Stuart Weitzman Muse Clutch. Kate also owns this in black.

Stuart Weitzman Muse Clutch. Kate also owns this in black.

Kate’s shoes are by Alexander McQueen and date back to at least 2011. The Duchess has worn them on a number of occasions, including during the Canada tour.

Blue Suede Alexander McQueen Pumps

Blue Suede Alexander McQueen Pumps (previous occasion)

Finally, Kate finished off her outfit with her Cartier “Ballon Bleu” watch (33cm).

Cartier Ballon Bleu watch

Cartier Ballon Bleu watch

Kate's outfit for Kensington Engagements

 

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  1. Andrey Min'kov says:

    Kate flawless. A drop of love in ocean of madness.

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